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"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". "We all know that". "But I think we're ready".

Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3 1/2 feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week.

The NHC said Hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles (130 kms) from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles (315 kms) out.

"Some of the rainfall totals we're getting are already adding up to about 14 inches", NHC Director Ken Graham said shortly after 11 a.m. ET.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

Along the coast, floodwaters have been hitting inland towns near rivers that normally discharge into the ocean. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water".

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Some of the city's roads are passable, but many remain impassable due to high water levels.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls westward across the Carolinas all weekend.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said hundreds of people had been rescued from homes inundated with water.

"We're in God's hands", said Rick Foreman, pastor at West Lumberton Baptist Church, as the Lumber River steadily rose Friday and local residents filled sandbags. When she was discharged from the hospital, the roads in SC had already been closed, she said.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

"When the conditions in the area intensified suddenly, we made the call to have our news staff evacuate the area and team up with our sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach to continue covering the storm and providing our viewers with vital, potentially life-saving, information", General Manager Matt Bowman said in a statement posted to the station's website.

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There is really nowhere for the water to go.

If the water starts to rise again, she says, she'll head upstairs and wait for it to recede again. In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the USA electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

- A neon sign was no match for Hurricane strength winds.

-Intensity: Florence came ashore with top winds of 90 miles per hour (145 kph), below the 111 miles per hour (178 kph) threshold for a "major" hurricane but still extremely unsafe. "Our greatest concern about this storm remains the same-storm surge and massive flooding", he said.

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